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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Dine With Santa, Craft Shopping, Trees, & More

Friday, December 6, 2013

The countdown to Christmas is officially on and ticking! I can happily report my holiday shopping is nearly finished. I finagled some amazing deals, and I've even purchased some wrapping paper and large gift bows!

If you're in the holiday spirit like me, or if you need a little nudge out of Grinch-dom, there are some great holiday and charity events lined up for this weekend. Get some shopping done at a holiday craft fair in your area, check out a festive theatre performance, and maybe pick, or cut your own evergreen and start trimming!

Whatever your plans for this weekend, keep warm, and watch for sleet and snow forecasts on the NH.com Weather page!

Merrimack Region
Theatre

Saturday

The Nutcracker

Sunday
SNHU Drama Club to Present Spectaculathon

Community
NH for the Holidays
Manchester , NH
Sat-Sun, December 7-8

From the producers of the Made in NH Expo, NH for the Holidays features unique gifts and food items from all over New England in a one-of-a-kind holiday environment. Come join us and get into the holiday spirit with a cozy and inviting buying experience. Bring the family for a day of fun with Santa, entertainers, a huge model train set and more!

Craftworkers' Guild Holiday Craft Shop 2013
Bedford, NH
Daily Through December 22

Free admission and parking. Over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople participating in the seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall House.

Christmas in the Village
Chester, NH
Saturday, December 7

Featuring quality handmade crafts, unique holiday gifts, delicious bake shop, Tiffany's of Chester, live music and wassail for all to enjoy. A Loaf and Ladle Luncheon will be served.

36th Annual Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair
Hopkinton, NH
Saturday, December 7

Shop Hopkinton's juried fine art and crafts fair featuring 35 local artisans! Special handcrafted items include handbags, pottery, paintings, stained glass, folk art, beadwork, quilts, Shaker items, gifts for the home, wreaths & dried arrangements, dolls and children's toys, maple sugar products, hand blown & hand formed glass works, wooden items, jewelry, hand woven, knitted & hand sewn clothing and women's accessories, and much more. Contoocook Artisan Show is part of "Starry, Starry Weekend", a group of more than 20 shops and organizations in Hopkinton & Contoocook celebrating the holidays during the first weekend in December.

Gift of Lights
Loudon, NH
Daily Through January 5

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights is one of the largest displays of holiday lights in New England. It includes several themed displays, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, a jungle scene and a Nativity depiction. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course.

Lighted Winter Wonderland
Candia, NH
Sat-Sun Through December 22

Experience the magic of Christmas when you visit Charmingfare Farm this holiday season. You'll travel through thousands of lights and holiday scenes on your way to the North Pole. Watch for our animated costumed characters along the trail. Included are: horse-drawn ride, Christmas lights, holiday displays, nativity with live animals, costumed characters, petting zoo and Santa and reindeer.

Santa's Big Party
Candia, NH
Sat-Sun Through December 22

Santa Clause is having a big party at Charmingfare Farm and your all invited. To get to the party you must first take a 30 minute horse-drawn ride through the Christmas trail to the secret party location. An assortment of holiday performers and costumed characters will be on hand to mix and mingle. Sugar cookies and hot cocoa are available for everyone to enjoy around a bonfire. When you are ready to leave the party, just climb aboard "the tractor train ride" to see Santa's live reindeer.

Wreath-making and Natural Creations
Manchester, NH
Saturday, December 7

Make a beautiful seasonal wreath with your family. We'll use all natural materials to make a fragrant, long lasting and truly unique wreath, as well as fun decorations to 'spruce up' your home.

Pheasant Lane Mall Hosts Breakfast with Santa!
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 7

There will be plenty of holiday cheer, lots of crafts and fun activities-plus a visit from Santa to start the day off right! All Kidgit Club Members get a special goodie bag, a Santa Photo Coupon & more!

Breakfast with Santa
Amherst, NH
Saturday, December 7

The Newcomers invite all children who believe in the magic of Christmas, from toddlers on up, to join them. The event has been ongoing for more than 30 years. The ticket price of $7 for anyone over one year old includes continental breakfast with various choices to please everyone (including delicious A & E coffee), music, games, holiday crafts, a photo with Santa, and a gift from the man himself!

"Holly Days" Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday December 7

Breakfast with Santa will be happening in our school cafeteria before the fair. Santa will visit and talk with each child during breakfast personally! We will be serving a "continental style" breakfast - including muffins and scones from Great Harvest Bread Co., munchkins, coffee, OJ, and milk! At the fair, there will be crafts and games for kids, photos with Santa, beautiful raffle baskets, special raffle items, the "jingle bell" cake walk and a DJ! Also - our 5th graders will be serving up some delicious soups at lunchtime!

Breakfast with Santa
Hudson, NH
Sunday, December 8

Hudson Grange will be opening its doors for all families to join us for breakfast with Santa. Pancakes with sausage and home fries will be served from 8am - 11am at the Wattanick Grange Hall on Windham Road in Hudson. Bring your camera for a fabulous photo opportunity with Santa. A donation of $6 per person is being asked to help support our annual Mildred Chalifoux Memorial Scholarship that is given each year to an Alvirne Senior.

Supper with Santa
Epsom, NH
Sunday, December 8

$10 per child includes hotdog or mini cheeseburger, professional photo with Santa and a craft to take home.

The 5th Annual Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees
Pelham, NH
Daily Through December 7

The 5th Annual Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees. The Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees is a community event for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday season. With the help of local organizations, businesses, community groups and individual contributors, The Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees will be an event not to be missed.

Nashua's Festival of Trees
Nashua, NH
Daily Through December 12

Nashua's Festival of Trees at The Hunt Memorial Building. Preview days, Community viewing, and Silent Auction Gala.

12 Bars of X-Mas Pub Crawl!
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 7

This is a 21+ event Hotels are giving a discount this year.

Pet Photos with Santa
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, December 7

Superdogs Daycare in Merrimack, NH will be hosting photos with Santa for your dog, family and Santa! Families and pets are welcome!

Caring Santa
Manchester, NH
Sunday, December 8

The Mall of New Hampshire is hosting Caring Santa, a time for families with special needs children to have a calm, sensory-friendly environment to visit Santa and have a photo experience.

Caring Santa
Nashua, NH
Sunday, December 8

Pheasant Lane Mall is hosting Caring Santa, a time for families with special needs children to have a calm, sensory-friendly environment to visit Santa and have a photo experience.

Caring Santa
Salem, NH
Sunday, December 8

The Mall at Rockingham Park is hosting Caring Santa, a time for families with special needs children to have a calm, sensory-friendly environment to visit Santa and have a photo experience.

Ladies Christmas Tea
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, December 7

Appetizers, sandwiches, desserts and tea will be served. Shauna Amick will be the guest speaker. The theme of this year's tea is "Rest In His Presence" and Shauna's message will reflect on 1 John 3:19-20. Ladies of all ages, this is a perfect venue to relax and put aside the holiday stress.

14th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular
Salem, NH
Sat-Sun, December 7-8

Over 200 of the regions finest Craftsmen and women will display and sell their American made crafts including Candles, Angels, Turned Wood, Pottery, Scarves, Tapestry, Fine Jewelry, Quilts, Basketry, Photography, Metal Sculpture, Ceramics, Soap, Wall Hangings, Puppets, Appliqus, Chimes, Hats, Folk Toys, Marble Craft, Carved Birds, Soft Sculpture, Victorian Wreaths, Leather, Slate, Oil Paintings, Blown Glass, Mail Boxes, Pen & Ink Drawings, Calligraphy, Fleece, Knits, Poetry, Topiary, Silk and Dried Floral, Collectable Bears, Stained Glass, Holiday Decor and much more. A "food sampling" extravaganza will be presented with such gourmet delights as Herbal Dips, Sauces, Jams & Jellies, Maple Products, Candies, Dried Fruit & Nut Mixes, Honey Products, Relishes, Pickles, Cinnamon, Bread Mixes, Pumpkin Butter, Fudge, Vinegar's, Pastry, Oil's, Salsa's and Gourmet Coffees. Live holiday music and craft demonstrations complete this picture perfect New England Holiday Event.

Holly Town Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 7

Holly Town Fair begins at 9am, with luncheon of soups and sandwiches 11-1:00. Featuring vendors with handcrafted items, bake sale! Re-gifted room, book sale. Come do some holiday shopping and have lunch.

40th Annual Bishop Guertin Holly Day Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 7

Over 75 New England Crafters will showcase their craft specialties. Enjoy unique crafts, baked goods, theme basket raffles, recipe table, and lot's more. Take a chance to win some holiday cash with the Holly Day Raffle. Grand prize $500, second prize $250, third prize $100, and fourth prize $50. Admission is FREE!

2nd Annual Shop in Peace
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 7

Shop in your slippers at the most peaceful place in Nashua! Banyan Tree Yoga's 2nd Annual Shop in Peace and Give Back Event! Local vendors are joining together for a unique shopping experience. Shop local vendors and purchase cd's, books, jewelry, yoga mats and bags, eye pillows, bolsters, gift baskets, clothing, essential oils, body care, baby items and so much more. Pamper yourself with a mini Zero Balancing session or FREE henna tattoo! Score great yoga and active wear apparel with a special trunk show. Receive studio discounts on class passes AND boutique items. Win fabulous prizes (including gift certificates for products and services). Raffle ticket sales to support your favorite local charities: Anne-Marie House, Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and the Greater Nashua Area Humane Society.

Yankee Pot Roast Dinner
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 7

We will serve a traditional New England Dinner. Menu is slow-cooked pot roast with homemade gravy, potatoes, carrots, bread and butter, homemade gingerbread with real whipped cream and beverages. All will be served on REAL CHINA with REAL SILVERWARE!

LaBelle Winery Holiday Bazaar
Amherst, NH
Sunday, December 8

Come to LaBelle Winery to shop with local artisans for gorgeous Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

Christmas Tree Lighting on Londonderry Town Common
Londonderry, NH
Sunday, December 8

Festivities start at 2:30pm with entertainment and refreshments. Then as it starts to get dark, at approximately 4:00pm, a fire truck will bring Santa and Mrs. Claus to oversee the illumination of decorated trees.

NH Mama & Baby Expo
Concord, NH
Sunday, December 8

Are you an expecting mother, a new mom or dad, trying to conceive, a grandparent, or a friend of a new mom? You won't want to miss NH's Mama & Baby Expo! The day will be filled with workshops, speakers, exhibitors, shopping, thousands of dollars in raffles and more! Just in time for the holidays!

Seacoast Region
Theatre

All Weekend

The Nutcracker

Community
Ring in the Season
Exeter, NH
Thurs-Sun, December 5-8

Ring in the Season is Exeter's 4-day celebration to kick off the holiday season! Santa Claus, Festival of Trees, holiday parade, several concerts, art shows, kids crafts, a pooch parade and more are all planned. Come on by and check out the best decorated town on the Seacoast. Great shops, award winning restaurants, and cozy coffee shops are awaiting you!

34th Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke
Portsmouth, NH
Sat-Sun Through December 22

This year's Candlelight Stroll depicts "Once Upon a Winter's Eve" in the Portsmouth neighborhood that is now the 10-acre living history museum. 32 buildings decorated to their era -- from a quiet night in the 18th century merchant's shop to a fancy Victorian Christmas in Gov Goodwin's mansion. Enjoy tavern life with live music and traditional food in Pitt Tavern, the 4th night of Hannukah 1919 in the Shapiro House, hearth-cooking in Wheelwright and carolers and costumed role-players throughout. The lanes are lined with candle lanterns and St. Nicholas strolls the grounds greeting children.

Holiday Gift-Making Workshops
Dover, NH
Various Dates Through December 13

The Children's Museum of NH is inviting creative kids to make their own holiday gifts for family and friends. At each workshop, children can choose from three different projects to make: painted photo blocks, handprint papier-mâché ornament balls, or a pair of wooden ornaments that can be decorated. Participants pay for their project at the front desk and make their gifts in the Muse Studio. Museum staff and volunteers are on hand to help.

Evergreen Fair 2013
Durham, NH
Thurs-Sat, December 5-7

For 36 years, 50 select artists and craftsmen have come together at the University of New Hampshire in what truly has become a celebration of the fine art of craft. Shop Evergreen Fair for perfect gifts or treat yourself to fine handcraft, supporting regional and local artists who work in clay, fiber, metal, paper, glass, wood and more. Discover delightful home accessories, original apparel, fine art, handmade musical instruments, one-of-a-kind jewelry and much more for every style and budget. Evergreen Fair's unique signature is the variety and exceptional quality of the pieces presented for sale.

Holiday Craft Fair
Somersworth, NH
Saturday, December 7

This is one of the largest and best fairs in the region. It is always very well attended and the shoppers buy from over 150 of the best crafters around. You can spend all day shopping, plenty of parking and food made by the Board members of the festival.

Bead Fair
Newmarket, NH
Saturday, December 7

The Function Hall becomes a bead paradise with colors, designs and styles of every shape and kind. Come buy bulk beads, necklaces, earrings, 5 styles of bracelets, Breast Cancer Survivor bracelets and necklaces, lanyards (many styles), Peeper Keepers (for your eyeglasses or sunglasses), Rosary Beads, Key Chains (large and small), Wine Glass Charm Sets, Christmas Ornaments, and more! All jewelry is made from paper with environmentally friendly lacquer.

Join The Mall at Fox Run for Breakfast with Santa!
Newington, NH
Saturday, December 7

There will be plenty of holiday cheer, lots of crafts and fun activities-plus a visit from Santa to start the day off right! You can find Santa at his Santa set!

Caring Santa
Newington, NH
Sunday, December 8

The Mall at Fox Run is hosting Caring Santa, a time for families with special needs children to have a calm, sensory-friendly environment to visit Santa and have a photo experience

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region
Theatre
Saturday

Clara's Dream, a nutcracker story

Community
Warner Festival Of Trees
Warner, NH
Daily Through December 27

For those unfamiliar with this event, this is the event that townsfolk look forward to all year long. Some people dress in their finest, while others dress as they would for a stroll through our quaint New England town. One thing is for certain, there's always great food and good conversation to be had. The event is held regardless of the weather conditions. Whether you arrive by car, dog sled, or snowmobile, you'll find yourself welcome when you arrive.

Monadnock Region
Community

2013 Antrim Festival of Trees
Antrim, NH
Daily Through January 4

James A. Tuttle Library, 45 Main St., Antrim, NH, will come alive all through December with more than 100 holiday trees, wreaths and displays. Local businesses, groups and individuals craft these beautiful displays to make an old-fashioned free holiday event. A Boston Red-Sox tree and 2 dollhouse raffles will be featured.

Monadnock Humane Society Handcrafted for the Holidays Craft Fair!
Swanzey, NH
Saturday, December 7

Proceeds from the Craft Fair will go towards the care of the animals. The "Handcrafted for the Holidays" Craft Fair promises something for everyone. More than 40 local crafters and gift vendors will present their wares and make for one-stop shopping for all your holiday gifts. Offerings include handmade chocolates, soaps, jewelry, textiles, birdhouses, one-of-a-kind artwork, doggie clothing, toys and accessories, and much more!

Holiday Creative Craft Fair & Open House
Milford, NH
Saturday, December 7

Art Happens & the Shops at the Pine Valley Mill in Milford, NH invite you visit us for a Creative Craft Fair Quilts, Paintings, Handmade wood gifts, Baked Goods, Hand painted glass, Baby Gifts, Candles, and so much more! Visitors to the Craft Fair/Open House at the Mill will receive Special gifts to the first 30 visitors. Refreshments & Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Craft Fair at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley
Milford, NH
Saturday, December 7

Join us this December and support local vendors at our annual Holiday Craft Fair!

Candle Sale Fundraiser to Benefit Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley & SHARE
Milford, NH
Saturday, December 7

High-end specialty candles sold at SUPER discount prices to benefit two local nonprofit organizations, SHARE and the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley in Milford. Bring non-perishable food items for S.H.A.R.E. & receive a coupon for $1 off.

Lakes Region
Community

Christmas In Strafford
Strafford, NH
Sat-Sun, December 7-8

If "Christmas in Strafford" is new to you...it's a time when the local artisans and craftspeople of Strafford, NH (and friends) open their homes and studios to the public. 20+ locations are open (local homes, along with the Bow Lake Grange Hall and the Waldron Store). Refreshments are served, and all manner of hand-crafted items are available for sale. Many are juried League Of New Hampshire Craftsman, and all offer high quality hand-crafted products.

Wolfeboro Festival of Trees
Wolfeboro, NH
Sat-Sun Through December 15

The Wolfeboro Festival of Trees is a charity event featuring two levels of over sixty trees, decorated by area businesses, organizations and individuals. Visitors will be treated to continuous entertainment and free refreshments.

White Mountains Region
Theatre

All Weekend

A Christmas Carol


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